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  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on October 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    introducing backward handspring 

    In an advanced recreation class it’s not possible to spot every child, even though they ALL want to work towards backward handspring.

    In fact, I ask my instructors to NEVER SPOT … with the rare, odd exception. :-)

    Tumbl Trak founder Doug Davis shows some activities kids can do safely and without spotting. A high level of physical preparation is required, of course.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

     
  • Rick Mc 3:03 am on July 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Quick Tip – Jumping 

    Swing Big:

    … one of the drills I do with young gymnasts to develop their punching and coordination. …

    There are lots of ways you can do these drills, this is with a small hula hoop, but I really prefer carpet squares or a chalk box on the floor. The more ways you can get gymnasts punching and jumping early, the better off they’ll be.

    sideways-punches-in-hulahoop

    click through to see the rest – Quick Tip: Developing Punching and Coordination

    (via Gymnastics Coaching)

     
  • Rick Mc 2:50 pm on June 6, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    more drills build confidence 

    You could SPOT a beginner on backward handspring. :-(

    Far better is to set-up dozens of progressions without spot. Let the child move step-by-step at their own speed. Have success at each. Dozens of successes.

    Let them take ownership of the skill. :-)

    Carrie Lennox:

    In last month’s Tumbl Trak newsletter Doug Davis wrote about how progressions build confidence and reduce fear. Just thinking about an athlete “balking” in a round off-back handspring, or other tumbling series is enough to make me shudder.

    Connecting the Dots” is a way to describe all the steps involved in the physical preparation of an athlete and offering an athlete frequent opportunities to feel confident in every step in the process. In a recent video session filming skill progressions, we worked with a young athlete who has good basic training combined with good genes from her parents. The video session focused on cartwheel, handstand, and back handspring progressions from jumping to limbers to fly-backs to work in the pit, (which she had done in many workouts previously).

    After filming more than 30 different progressions that lead to a back handspring, our session ended in the pit where we saw in her a confidence and will to move on to her very first back handsprings!! Wooo Hoooo!! We cheered and celebrated with hip-hip-hurray’s and it dawned on me…..we had spent the last two hours “connecting the dots” for this athlete. All the preparation she had done in her classes, put together in a sequence, helped to give her to confidence and success.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

     
  • Rick Mc 12:49 am on January 21, 2013 Permalink | Reply  

    Mountain Mat Jumping 

    Coach Kylie.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

     
  • Rick Mc 8:41 pm on April 18, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    preschool gymnasts on Trampoline 

    Here’s a great way to have preschoolers on a tramp, safely. Surround them with a foam doughnut.

    That’s Gymnastics Adventure, Regina.

     
  • Rick Mc 9:04 pm on March 1, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    Tumbl Trak – Air Trak 

    The Air Trak is an inflated tumbling strip designed for use in gymnastics, cheerleading and general fitness.

    Its advantages include versatility, portability and small storage requirements. Each unit runs from a high output, constant flow blower (included in price) and takes less than 30 seconds to inflate. The Air Trak is available in red and blue (as shown).

    details

     
  • Rick Mc 3:04 am on February 8, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    inflatable gymnastics equipment 

    I visited Lieven Vercruyssen, founder and chief evangelist of Eurogym Belgium and EuroTumble.com.

    … supplier of inflatable gymnastics equipment in Europe. …

    Our equipment is quickly inflated and deflated and because it is also airtight a constant blower is not needed. It is very compact and takes a small space in the storage room. …

    I tagged along with Lieven to Gymclub Apollo in Antwerp where he set up an Air Floor for the coaches and gymnasts to test.

    Lieven is expert in setting up and deflating as quickly as possible.

    The kids got in on the fun.

    more photos

    Apollo is a set-up, take-down gym in a school. With limited storage. An Air Floor is ideal in their situation.

    Click PLAY or watch different kinds of athletes using Air Floors on YouTube.

    Eurotumble is the distributor of TumblTrak in Europe.

     
  • Rick Mc 4:02 pm on February 2, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    inflatable gymnastics equipment Europe 

    I strongly recommend Eurotumble.com.

    Eurotumble is dedicated to inflatable gymnastics equipment of all kinds. Air is the future, I’m certain, replacing foam which is made of petroleum, a non-renewable resource. Air is free. :)

    Here’s a sample of what different kinds of kids can do on an Air Floor.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Eurotumble is a division of Eurogym Belgium, though they distribute throughout Europe. And the world.

    Founder and chief evangelist Lieven Vercruyssen was kind enough to host me recently, show me a number of clubs in Belgium … and even bring me along on a club visit where kids at Apollo in Antwerp got to test an Air Floor for themselves.

    more photos

    Eurotumble.com is a distributor for the American company Tumbltrak.

     
  • Rick Mc 8:12 pm on January 5, 2012 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘Pac-Man’ backward handspring drills 

    Some elite coaches don’t like drills like this. Personally I always “introduce” the skill this way. It’s FUN and SAFE.

    Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

    Of course there are many other similar equipment set-ups. Best is to have one the kids can use by themselves without needing a coach.

    Wondering what a Pac-Man is?

     
  • Rick Mc 11:04 am on September 7, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    ‘elephant vaulting’ over air mats 

    via Tumbl Trak:

    Parkour is super popular with boys right now. This is a great way to get them ‘vaulting’ (SPRING and LANDINGS) in a fun way.

    Air inflated mats are the mats of the future.

     
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